WEEKENDER CRANDIC! Free Comic Book Day, FemmeDecks, Print Day in May


Your weekly editor-curated arts compendium

April’s showers seem determined to linger, but they’ve certainly fulfilled their promise of flowers! Enjoy their brightness this weekend as you tiptoe through the wide array of event offerings. Be sure to take advantage of Free Comic Book Day on Saturday at your local shop!
The Weekender is sponsored by:

The Englert Theatre

Iowa Literary Legends: T.C Boyle

May 5 – 7:30pm

Hear Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author T.C. Boyle (74MFA) read from his acclaimed works at the Englert Theatre.

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Chauncey Swan Ramp

Bus Bash

May 6 – 2:00pm

Groove on down the road to Iowa City Transit’s Electric Bus Bash, a celebration of the City’s four new electric buses.

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Iowa Artisans Gallery

Opening Reception: Intricate Woven Tapestries by Rowen Schussheim-Anderson

May 6 – 4:00pm

Join us at Iowa Artisans Gallery this Friday as we host Davenport, IA artist Rowen Schussheim-Anderson.

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The Englert Theatre

Circuit des Yeux w/Hadiza

May 6 – 6:30pm

Feed Me Weird Things presents Circuit des Yeux with special guest Hadiza at the Englert Theatre.

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Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

Legally Blonde the Musical

May 6 – 7:30pm

A fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical.

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Maaze & Penny Peach

May 6 – 8:00pm

Maaze & Penny Peach perform at CSPS Hall.

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The Weekender is sponsored by:

Wilson's Apple Orchard

First Annual Tulip Festival At Wilson's Orchard & Farm

May 7 – 10:00am

Come join us for our First Annual Tulip Festival!

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The ArtiFactory

Body Parts

May 7 – 10:00am

Life Drawing with Beppie Weiss

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Willow Creek Theatre Company

The Daylight Show

May 7 – 1:00pm

SCOPE Productions presents Alyx Rush, Lily Detaeye, and Penny Peach at Willow Creek Theatre Company.

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IC Press Co-op at PS1

Print Day In May

May 7 – 1:00pm

a celebration of all things print

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Sidekick Coffee and Books

Afternoon w/Rachel Mans McKenny

May 7 – 4:00pm

Afternoon w/Rachel Mans McKenny at Sidekick.

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Hancher Auditorium

Las Cafeteras

May 7 – 7:30pm

East LA Las Cafeteras performs at Hancher.

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Public Space One

Open Air Media Festival

May 7 – 8:30pm

a free outdoor event featuring projected video, performance, and time-based art

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FemmeDecks & iHearIC Presents

May 7 – 9:30pm

■ Wangzoom ■ [Madison, WI]
■ Alternate Project Name ■ [Madison, WI]
■ Angelia
■ Dropbear
■ Maul of America

■ David Hurlin■

■$10 cover■

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The Englert Theatre

Nonfiction Fellow Reading: Alana Bean

May 8 – 7:30pm

The Englert Theatre Presents An Intimate On-Stage Event: Nonfiction Fellow Reading: Ilana Bean

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Sanctuary Pub

Writers of the Flames Reading

May 9 – 8:30pm

Come to Sanctuary Pub on Monday, May 9th to hear a reading of The Writer’s Rooms’ newest collection, Writers of the Flames.

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Watch: Interview with Sara Terry, director of ‘A Decent Home’

Apr 29
The new documentary A Decent Home tells the story of mobile home park residents, including those in North Liberty’s Golfview, as they try to preserve their communities and their homes after the parks are bought by private equity funds and other investors determined to maximize profits at their expense. Ahead of its sold-out screening at FilmScene, director Sara Terry sat down with Little Village to discuss A Decent Home, and what she learned during the six-and-a-half years she worked on the film.

T.C. Boyle discusses and reads from his work; his writings have never been timelier

by Rob Cline, May 4
Thursday, May 5, Boyle will take to the Englert Stage at 7:30 p.m. in an “Iowa Literary Legends” program hosted by the Center for Advancement and the Lecture Committee in conjunction with the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature.

Natasha, Pierre and Riverside’s sold-out return to musicals

by Laura Johnson, May 4th
Who needs Bridgerton when you have fantastic live theater just around the corner? Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, (Dave Malloy, 2012) is a high-energy musical based loosely on an excerpt from Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace. It offers an engaging storyline, top-tier vocals and show-stopping choreography. And Riverside Theatre’s run has officially sold out.

Album Review: Dean Gorman — ‘Outer Space, Iowa’

by Avery Gregurich, May 4
If we are truly living through the Great Resignation, I’m expecting that the coming months will hold a heavy release of “Future Endeavors” albums and straight-up “I Quit” albums. Early to the party is Outer Space, Iowa, the second album from Burlington-by-way-of-Portland musician Dean Gorman.

Album Reviews: Bob Bucko Jr. and Samuel Locke Ward — ‘Discount Sacrifice At The Altar Of Bargains’

by Genevieve Trainor, May 4th
I can’t stop thinking about this album.
When it dropped in December of last year, I’d kind of resigned myself to not writing about it, just given the way our coverage schedule usually falls out. Typically, I avoid running reviews of albums that dropped in the previous calendar year.

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